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3 iPhone Photo Apps to Get You Ready for Spring

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:00am
Ben Munson

Spring has finally returned and along with it the promise of a warmer, greener world. That means it’s time to delete all those Christmas pictures still clogging up the camera roll and make room for lovely photos of flowers and birds and rainbows. In celebration of outdoor picture-taking season, here are three new camera apps for the iPhone that’ll help spruce up those shots.

Repix 

Cost: Free with the option to buy up to three additional brush sets for $1.99 each or the whole set for $4.99

Finnish developers Sumoing already launched Sumopaint, a photo painting app for the iPad or desktop, and now they’ve come out with Repix, a lightweight version of sorts. The free version comes with four tools; cartoonize, charcoal, edger (which can make faces fairly horrifying when applied liberally) and dotter, which applies a Lichtenstein pop-art effect. All the tools are sharp and precise, allowing users to localize effects rather than settling on one filter for the entire image. The effects add much more character rather than the dulling effect many retro filters tend to place on images. It definitely eats up a lot more time than other photo editing apps and it can take multiple tries to get the picture looking just right. But it’s fun and it will give those Easter egg hunt pictures an artsy look.

Photolettering

Cost: Free with the option to buy additional fonts for $0.99 each or $9.99 for all 20.

Paying $10 for 20 fonts is a highly questionable consumption, but the history and unique style that accompany Photolettering make the steep price more palatable. Photolettering was a type house, started up in 1936, that used photo technology to make its hand-drawn typefaces. In 2003, House Industries acquired the lot of Photolettering’s handsome fonts and, in addition to an online service allowing access to the typefaces, it has released an iPhone app that provides a limited roster of fonts for plastering text on photos. The app is intuitive and makes the process easy, bringing the words to the front for typing and styling and then dropping them back for sizing and positioning. It’s unlikely a whole springtime sonnet will fit without seriously cluttering the image but this app allows for some nice detailing with some beautiful alphabets.

Kenstagram

Cost: Free

In name, icon design and basic function, Kenstagram bears a strong resemblance to Instagram. The app produces square-shaped images then has the user choose from 10 filters that don’t differentiate much. But what Kenstagram does next is what really sets it apart. After choosing the filter, the app randomly picks a bizarre centaur graphic and places it on the photo. The user has no control over where the muscle-bound mythical beast will end up or what he’ll be doing when he gets there. Sometimes the centaur is wearing a necktie and sometimes he’s inside a bubble. But he’s always half-man, half-horse and all ridiculous, fully capable of adding some flair to those photos of flowers in bloom.

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